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Tokyo Family (2013)

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When Gus Van Sant remade Alfred Hitchcock’s slasher masterpiece Psycho in 1998, I have to admit to a certain level of bemusement. Why, when the original film was perfect in both pitch and execution, would anyone anywhere feel the need to remake it almost shot for shot? It seemed like an exercise in redundancy and in the end I walked away from that film with the only opinion that made sense to me — Van Sant was such a Hitchcock … (read more)

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Premonition (2004)

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The back cover of this DVD proudly proclaims “From the director of Ring 0: Birthday“. Well, given that Mark gave Ring 0: Birthday a hearty zero out of ten, that’s not much of a recommendation.

Nonetheless, I persevered, albeit with lowered expectations. And for the first 10 or so minutes, my expectations were met: the ‘happy family on holidays’ setup was cloyingly sweet and stiffly unconvincing. I wanted to smack the cheerfully inane smile off the mother, and throw … (read more)

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Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

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She’s back. Fresh from her spree of revenge killings in the first film, Yuki returns in a second Lady Snowblood film from director Toshiya Fujita. To recap quickly, for those who don’t remember the first film: A young husband is murdered and his wife tortured and raped by a gang of profiteers. She swears vengeance, but only manages to do away with one of them before she is caught and sent to prison. While in prison, she gives birth to … (read more)

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